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CNN
May 12, 2012 3:00pm PDT
mommy porn phenomena. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> the historic headline from the white house this week, the president of the united states endorses same-sex marriage. but the story behind the headlines may be just as dramatic and it culminated with vice president joe biden apologizing to president obama for forcing his hand on this hot button issue, a sore subject among some white house insiders. our chief whereas correspondent jessica yellen has been working the story for us. tell our viewers what you are hearing right now. >> i understand the vice president apologized to the president for putting him in a tough position on this situation and the president gave an understanding reply saying he knows that the vice president was speaking from the heart. the vice president's office also issued a statement saying it was the president who has been the leader on this issue since day one and the vice president never intended to distract from that. president obama says he was planning to say
CNN
May 7, 2012 1:00pm PDT
what it means for the united states. i'm wolf blitzer, you're still in "the situation room." the vice president joe biden said over the weekend he's fine with gay marriage and arnie duncan says he believes gay and lesbians should be allowed to marry. putting him at odds with the president of the united states. jessica yellin is working the story for us. jessica, causing quite an uproar there, what's going on? >> reporter: this is clearly an unwelcome topic for a white house that pronounces to make all decisions based on principle not on politics. it certainly looks as if the vice president supports gay marriage. >> who do you love? the president sets the policy. i am absolutely comfortable that the fact that men marrying wo i and women marrying women, are entitled to all the civil rights and the civil liberties. >> reporter: but the president is vague. >> my feelings about this are constantly evolving. i struggle with this. >> reporter: this is a flash point election. to argue biden's comments weren't new. >> i think they were entirely consistent with the president's position which is
CNN
May 30, 2012 1:00pm PDT
the united states? >>> and a runway emergency in chicago where a giant cargo jet collides with an airliner. we'll bring you the very latest. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> president obama telephones mitt romney, congratulates him for going over the top in the republican delegate count and over the top comments with supporter donald trump has created a distraction. you've heard trump question the birthplace in "the situation room," now romney is trying to move on. here's our national political correspondent, jim acosta. >> wolf, mitt romney has left las vegas, but donald trump is refusing to leave the campaign stage. >> americans are tired of being tired. >> now that he's crunched the number of delegates to win the gop nomination, it's victory lap time for mitt romney. get the checkered flag this new romney campaign video is all about the stars and stripes. >> we're united by one great, overwh overwhelming passion. we love america. we believe in america. >> romney got a call from the president congratulating the official
CNN
May 1, 2012 1:00pm PDT
news. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> this is cnn breaking news. >> we're following the breaking news. dramatic developments. president obama's surprise trip to afghanistan exactly one year after the u.s. raid that killed osama bin laden in neighboring pakistan. less than an hour or so ago we got the first word of his arr e arrival at the bagram air base. he is now in kabul meeting with the afghan president hamid karzai to sign a long-term strategic partnership agreement at a rather precarious time for relations between the two countries. he will then make a televised speech to the united states, indeed to the entire world, in three and a half hours from now at 7:30 p.m. eastern time here in the united states. let's go straight to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. for this president, this is a huge deal. set the scene. >> reporter: this is a big deal, wolf. a trip by the president of the united states to a war zone like afghanistan is extraordinary and this is only the thir
CNN
May 1, 2012 12:00pm PDT
afghanistan, he flu there year night from the the united states. obviously he is there on the one year anniversary of the raid across the border in pakistan that led to the death of osama bin laden. we also know the president will address the nation tonight in the 7:00 hour, 7:30 p.m., he will address the nation from afghanistan. and we know while there he is scheduled to meet with the afghan president, hamid karzai and the two ledder leaders ared to sign a extstrategic agreemen between the two countries. this would create an alliance between the two countries essentially saying about this the years going forward when the u.s. combat troops are out of afghanistan, there would still be training and cooperation between the two countries. that has been morimportant to t united states to have a footprint in afghanistan going forward and as the country marks one year since the death of osama bin laden, there are still big questions about the security situation in afghanistan. you were talking about occasional problems with the taliban. and this is separate from the bin laden anniversary, bu
CNN
May 1, 2012 3:00pm PDT
i'm anderson cooper. we welcome our viewers across the united states and around the globe to the special report, president obama addressing the american people from afghanistan, talking about the future of u.s. troops there and we are going to bring that to you live. >> lots of news happening now, dramatic developments covering the president's surprise visit to afghanistan like no one else can. we have our reporters in afghanistan, in pakistan, in washington, in new york, we're watching all of this unfold, our own john king will give us an inside look at what it's like to be on a secret presidential trip to a war zone. he's been on one before, our own erin burnett looks at al qaeda's future and our christiane amanpour and fareed zakariazaka. >> the president took a helicopter to kabul and signed a strategic partnership agreement with president hamid karzai. it could mark the beginning of the end of the war there. listen. >> neither americans nor the afghan people asked for this war, yet for a decade we've stood together to drive al qaeda from its camps to battle an insurgency and
CNN
May 14, 2012 8:00pm PDT
things like that. that doesn't really seem to be the same page as the united states, though, right? the united states would accept a little bit more, right? >> i don't think that's the united states' position. i think it's confined enrichment to 5%, limited to the medical isotopes. move anything above 5% out of the country or secure it, have full transparency and 24/7/365 day a year access for the iaea to all these sites. and then be willing to also talk about other things, which is what the iranians have wanted to do. i am hopeful. in my view it's the best chance of a solution. of course this is the p-5 plus one, so it's a unique bargaining agent, you might say. >> when you talk about access, i want to ask you about israel in a second, israel issue, but access. i have this picture which i know looks a little strange. the associated press obtained this from a government that is skeptical of iran's honesty in its nuclear program and they say this is a chamber used for testing explosives of nuclear weapons. we did make some calls and experts did say indeed this could be consistent wi
CNN
May 7, 2012 8:00pm PDT
ambitious al qaeda plot to blow up a passenger jet bound for the united states. a u.s. counter terrorism official tells cnn the explosive device is similar to the one used by the would-be underwear bomber. just like that bomb, there one did not contain metal, which raises real questions about whether it could have gotten passed airport security. as of yet, the person who had developed that bomb had not yet bought a ticket. here's defense secretary, leon panetta. >> what this incident makes clear is that this country has to continue to remain vigilant against those that would seek to attack this country and we will do everything necessary to keep america safe. >> fran townsend is cnn's national security contributor, a member of both the dhs and cia external advisory boards. chad sweet is a former dhs and cia official, also the cofounder of the chertoff group, a global security firm. good to see both of you. fran, i know you've been reporting on this throughout the day. we're hearing now that there could have been this bomb and other bombs, perhaps. how close of a call was this?
CNN
May 1, 2012 10:00pm PDT
short time later, just about half an hour ago, mr. obama spoke to the united states laying out his vision for ending america's longest war. saying afghanistan is where the war began and where it will end. here's a portion of his address. >> today i signed a historic agreement between the united states and afghanistan that defines a new kind of relationship between our countries. a future in which afghans are responsible for the security of their nation and we build an equal partnership between two sovereign states. a future in which war ends and new chapter begins. ten years ago, the united states and our allies went to war to make sure that al qaeda could never again use this country to launch attacks against us. despite initial success, for a number of reasons, this war has taken longer than most anticipated. over the last three years, the tide has turned. we broke the taliban's momentum. we built strong afghan security forces. we devastated al qaeda's leadership, taking out over 20 of their leaders. one year ago, from the base here in afghanistan, our troops launched the on race
CNN
May 1, 2012 4:00pm PDT
>>> 30 minutes from now the president of the united states will address the american people. >> welcome to cnn's breaking news coverage of president obama's surprise visit to afghanistan. the president will be telling us about the new strategic partnership agreement he has just signed with afghanistan's president outlining the relationship between the united states and afghanistan after the withdrawal of u.s. forces at the end of 2014. white house officials tell us the timing was driven by the negotiations over that agreement at an upcoming nato summit. critics will say it is about politics. everyone knows today is the anniversary of the raid in pakistan that killed osama bin laden. on the ground, do people there -- are they aware that president obama is on the ground? >> reporter: late in the afternoon the sun went down there was a report on afghan media suggesting that he was already in kabul. since then we have seen absolute silence across the city occasionally by helicopters and that is presumably some part of the president in and out of the capital. the speech we are ab
CNN
May 21, 2012 1:00pm PDT
president hamid karzai sits down for his only interview with me while in the united states. we talk about his personal relationship with president obama and even his personal relationship with mitt romney. stand by for that as well. >>> and the man sometimes nicknamed america's supermayor, has made a super gaffe. >>> i'm wolf blitzer in chicago. you're in the situation room. >>> but first, through my exclusive far reaching interview, i just completed only a few minutes ago with the afghan president hamid karzai, it's his only interview while here in the united states. we sat down only moments ago, and he spoke of president obama just minutes before the interview. the three leaders are here for a meeting in chicago. listen to this. >> no, we didn't have a three-way meeting, we had a three-way photograph taking. >> just a photo opportunity? >> why not a meeting? why not have a three-way meeting and discuss the most important issues facing afghanistan, pakistan and the united states. >> it wasn't for us to decide on the three-way meeting. the united states was the host and perhaps they saw i
CNN
May 3, 2012 10:00am PDT
that he worked until his death to organize another major terrorist attack in the united states. >>> he is probably the most famous guy in china today and the biggest headache for the chinese government. chen guangcheng remains in a beijing hospital. he now says he desperately wants america's help to get out of china and he wants to go to the united states where he believes he's going to be safer. chen is an anti-government human rights activist. chinese officials promise to leave him alone but chen doesn't believe them. he made a personal plea to president obama. >> translator: i would like to say to him, please do everything you can to get our whole family out. i'm very disappointed with the u.s. government. >>> cnn is continuing to seek comment from u.s. officials about chen's claim that he was mistreated and threatened by the chinese government. >>> white house briefing is going under way now. let's listen in. they're actually talking about this activist. >> -- every time he has meetings with chinese officials, he says that broadly, but now we're dealing with actually one specific c
CNN
May 20, 2012 1:00pm PDT
outside a number of demonstrators. so what exactly is at stake for the president of the united states politically? dave, i've downloaded a virus. yeah. ♪ dave, where are we on the new laptop? it's so slow! i'm calling dave. [ telephone rings ] [ male announcer ] in a small business, technology is all you. that's why you've got us. at the staples pc savings event, for a limited time get up to $200 off select computers. staples. that was easy. for a limited time get up to $200 off select computers. every communications provider is different but centurylink is committed to being a different kind of communications company. ♪ we link people and fortune 500 companies nationwide and around the world. and we will continue to free you to do more and focus on what matters. recently, students from 31 countries took part in a science test. the top academic performers surprised some people. so did the country that came in 17th place. let's raise the bar and elevate our academic standards. let's do what's best for our students-by investing in our teachers. let's solve this. i tell you what i can spend.
CNN
May 10, 2012 1:00pm PDT
... ...with the best math scores. ...the united states would be on that list. in 25th place. let's raise academic standards across the nation. let's get back to the head of the class. let's solve this. >>> jack cafferty is here with "the cafferty file." jack? >> wolf, president obama's support for same-sex marriage is sure to fire up parts of the liberal base it could alienate other parts including black voters. in other words, backing gay marriage might be a risky proposition for the president in an election year when it comes to one of the core voting blocs. in 2008, you'll recall african-americans were crucial in making this president the first black president. 96% of black voters supported obama and they made up 13% of the electorate. fast forward four years approximately while polls suggest america on the whole is moving toward supporting same-sex marriage. nbc-washington post voting say 56 are opposed to it and this opposition from blacks could hurt the president especially in the south. just this week, north killer carol blacks voted two to one in favor of an amendment in that sta
CNN
May 4, 2012 11:00pm PDT
nations. >> did the united states make it worse for the other disdissidents? even if there is a decision in this case? on the foreign relations committee, and, of course, you just saw video covering the story since the beginning, spoken to all the players. both "outfront" this evening. the past 48 hours, you barely slept as you've been talking to all the players. been intimidated yourself. how tense is the environment in beijing and are you hearing even if we could get a resolution in the case of chen that there could be a broader crackdown on dissidents? >> reporter: erin, extraordinarily tense and it's been that way for the past year. this is a leadership transition year in china. only happens once every ten years and they wanted to orchestrate this with absolutely no problems. frankly, it's blown up in their face not just with this case but others as well. just overnight more man 20 journalists, international journalists were called in and given this warning. if you continue to go to the hospital where chen is being held, you will have your visas revoked and have to leave the
CNN
May 9, 2012 12:00pm PDT
prompts a change in perspective. so you get the point. the president of the united states obviously in a dramatic fashion in this interview wanted to clarify once and for all that his position has evolved. he supports same-sex marriage and he's making that clear right now. >> we now have the video. let's just roll it. >> i have been going through an evolution on this issue. i have always been adamant that gay and lesbian americans should be treated fairly and equally. and that's why in addition to everything we've done in this administration, rolling back don't ask don't tell so that outstaptding americans can defend our country. i've stood on the side of is broader equality for the lgbt community. and i hesitated on gay marriage in part because i thought civil unions would be sufficient, that that was something that would give people hospital visitation rights and other elements that we take for granted. and i was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, you know, the word marriage was something that evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth. but i have
CNN
May 5, 2012 3:00pm PDT
to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> formally this week, satellites would have been dominated by the race for the white house and the increasingly heating battle between the obama and romney campaigns. but president obama rewrote the script, catching the world by surprise with an unexpected trip to afghanistan where he marked the one-year anniversary of the death of the world's most wanted terrorist. >> one year ago from bases here in afghanistan our troops launched the operation that killed osama bin laden. the goal that i set to defeat al qaeda and denied a chance to rebuild is now within our reach. >> the trip wasn't without controversy, some critics accusing the president of playing politics with the anniversary of bin laden's death, questioning whether romney's campaign would have done the same thing. romney this week picked up an important endorsement, the endorsement of the formal rival michele bachmann. jim acosta, romney still has an enormous amount of work ahead of him. >> that's right. end
CNN
May 29, 2012 4:00pm PDT
only response was symbolic. eight countries including the united states expelling syrian diplomats. in the year when the president is running on his foreign policy victories syria is becoming a lightning rod. >> this administration has a foreign policy which abandons american leadership. i know because i visit with these people that they are ready to help these people and they are helping them some. it cries out for american leadership. >> and today mitt romney said the president's lack of leadership has resulted in a policy of paralysis and we should work with partners to arm the opposition. now, that is something a lot of people -- that's a lightning rod in itself. and the obama administration is holding firm on its stance of no military action. >> no military action is always an option. and we haven't in this case removed options from the table. we do not believe that militarization for the situation in syria at this point is the right course of action. we believe it would lead to greater chaos and greater carnage. >> but will american intervention stop blood shed? that is the key q
CNN
May 19, 2012 3:00pm PDT
want to welcome our viewers from the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> the 2012 campaign ad wars are threatening to take an lig new turn by dredging up the past. so far mitt romney is rejecting a proposed anti-obama advertising offensive that would have brought back a controversial figure from the last presidential campaign. here's jim acosta. >> it was a pitch to tear down the president laid out in this proposal obtained by the "new york times" for a multi-media ad campaign that recommends, quote, hitting barack right between the eyes. entitled "the defeat of barack hussein obama," it proposes tv spots featuring jeremiah wright in the clips that almost derailed his previous campaign. ending spending says it received the proposal but rejected it. >> we've got to stop this incredible spending. >> the pac is aligned with online brokerage campaign joe rickets. in statement he says rickeths is neither the author or funder of the so-called plan to defeat mr. obama. it's filled with racial overtones referring to the president as the m
CNN
May 4, 2012 8:00pm PDT
government has to give him back or let him go to the united states and it's such a public problem for them that they're going to crack down much harder on those who remain? >> well, erin, china is an oppressive regime. and chen guangcheng has been part of being on the end of the repression that exists in china. so any time that we give, you know, an opportunity to a chinese dissident either to come into our embassy or negotiate for him to come to the united states with his family, the reality is that regime is still going to be there and it's going to continue to oppress its people. that's why speaking up about human rights in a broader discussion is more important. >> maybe that could be the silver lining here. i'm curious talking to people who spent significant time in china, they say to their knowledge there's never been a dissident who came into the u.s. embassy and then was basically released into the streets. it's resolved another way, they come to the u.s., for example. the u.s. was under pressure to resolve this before hillary clinton's visit and do you think they made a mistake an
CNN
May 30, 2012 4:00am PDT
business before he can become president of the united states." >> will cain, what was that about? >> i think that was about promoting businessmen as appropriate leaders of the united states. >> you don't think there was anything interesting in talking about the constitution saying the age of the president and the birth place of the president and the citizenship of of the president, the long run-up to something about business which the romney campaign consistently says is their focus. margaret hoover come on. >> you said will cain and didn't get the answer you like. >> it's not the answer i like. i think you're not being honest with me. >> excuse me, when i'm accused of being dishonest you can be assured i will respond. >> good, you go. >> i think this is the unfortunate happenstance of including donald trump in your news coverage. we expand the narrative to assume that everything mitt romney says when he's speaking on the value of business experience that -- >> run that clip again. >> no, you can play it as soon as i'm done but let me finish this. >> i'm not saying every little thing.
CNN
May 5, 2012 10:00am PDT
university, to the first lady of the united states. >> oh, wow. wow. it sounds like you all are already fired up and ready to go. this is amazing. it is truly amazing. you know what, being here with all of you today, let me tell you, i'm feeling pretty fired up and ready to go myself. i really am. but there is a reason why we're here today. we love you, too. it's not just because we support one extraordinary man -- although, i'll admit i'm a little biased, because i think our president is awesome. and it's not just because we want to win an election. we are here -- we're here because of the values we believe in. we're here because of the vision for this country that we all share. we're because we want all our children to have a good education, right? schools that push them and inspire them, prepare them for good jobs. we want our parents and our grandparents to retire with dignity, because we believe that after a lifetime of hard work, they should enjoy their golden years. we want to restore that basic middle class security for our families because we believe that folks shouldn't go ban
CNN
May 19, 2012 4:00am PDT
new york for the new life in the united states. apparently chinese officials were holding documentation with them until they cleared immigration and security this is a dramatic twist, a cliche but this does read like a hollywood script. blind activist escapes house arrest, flees to the u.s. embassy, diplomatic stand off between china and united states, finally china gives him the passport, now on his way to the united states. he can't stay in china, fears for his life here in recent days, said his family, who have pen left behind, brother, nephews, extended family have been arrested, beaten. his nephew placed on attempted murder charge for defending himself against these attacks. not the environment he felt safe in, now winging his way to new york. >> he's headed to newark, you mention the job at nyu, do we know where he will stay or does he have help or guidance there. >> reporter: there has been a lot of support for him, a big chinese community in the united states. a big chinese christian community very vocal and supportive throughout the story. he has friends within th
CNN
May 2, 2012 1:00pm PDT
/11 the president of the united states still can't arrive under normal circumstances. >> reporter: it was pretty hard to hide the president of the united states. >> reporter: the president signed a strategic partnership agreement with afghan president hamid karzai. he spent only an hour on the ground in kabul and then quickly departed again in the dark. >> reporter: i would just point out we are hearing helicopters again over kabul, suggesting perhaps some transportation and i don't know if that's the president leaving the presidential palace at this point. >> reporter: after rallying the troops -- >> this outpost is more than 7,000 miles from home. >> reporter: the president addressed the nation from bagram air base and board the air force one just before 4:30 a.m. local time. >> there was a real stampede to the airplane at that point because the sun was just, you know, beginning to come up and they really wanted the president out of there while it was still mostly dark. so from the time he finished his address to the time air force one lifted off out of bagram was only 17 minute
CNN
May 20, 2012 11:30am PDT
are looking at these live images of the president of the united states along with the nato secretary general, welcoming in many of those leaders, all there in chicago for this nato summit. thanks so much, elise. >>> all right, right now, italy is serving the damage after a strong earthquake shook parts of the country earlier this morning. the u.s. geological survey says the epicenter of the 6.0 quake was just north of bologna. workers are still digging through the rubble, looking for survivors. at least seven people are dead and 50 injured. >>> a chinese activist is enjoying some rest and relaxation with family in new york today, but his journey here was a long and difficult diplomatic process. we'll talk to one of the people who made it possible. ♪ why do you whisper, green grass? ♪ [ all ] shh! ♪ why tell the trees what ain't so? ♪ [ male announcer ] dow solutions use vibration reduction technology to help reduce track noise so trains move quieter through urban areas all over the world. together, the elements of science and the human element can solve anything. [ all ] shh!
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May 15, 2012 1:00am PDT
international involvement. there are many people in the united states who tire of this. they say, look, you're throwing weapons into a powder keg, a dangerous situation. we don't know fully. there may be jihadist elements. >> if there are jihadist elements, it's a great share of the blame that comes from the international rescue. when the cavalry of the good guys, nato, the united nations didn't come, people have to fend for themselves, that's it. >> we're going to have a lot more throughout this hour. as the violence continues in syria, some are asking where is the international community, the united states? we'll talk to senator john mccain and he's flat out saying where is president obama. >>> welcome back. we're live from the turkish syrian border refugee camp. this is what the so called cease fire looks like across syria. the violence in the cities and towns too dangerous to live in. civilian neighborhoods have been decimated. artillery fire, mortar fire, sniper fire. some 23,000 have fled to turkey. there are some 70,000, 50,000 who have fled to other countries, lebanon, iraq. "s
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May 14, 2012 5:00pm PDT
many people in the united states who tire of this and say you're throwing weapons into a powder keg into a dangerous situation. we don't know fully. there may be jihadist elements amongst the rebels. what do you say? >> it's actually a great share of the blame is born by the international community which did not come to the rescue. when the cavalry did not come in, when the cavalry of the good guys of nato, cavalry of the united nations didn't come, well then people have to fend for themselves. that's it. >> we're going to have a lot more with ivan and professor ajami throughout this hour. the violence continues in syria. many are asking where is the international community? where is the united states? we'll talk to senator john mccain in a moment. he's saying where is president barack obama. as syria deadly lies continues. on my journey across america, i found new ways to tell people about saving money. this is bobby. say hello bobby. hello bobby. do you know you could save hundreds on car insurance over the phone, online or at your local geico office? tell us bobby, what would you
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May 5, 2012 11:00am PDT
united states down the road. >> they can't even decide on $6 billion for student loan subsidies. $6 billion for student loan subsidy lows washington if to a complete uproar and just the shear size of all of the problems to come, it's a little scary. >> i'm with you on this. ken, you made the point when you talked about debt and christine said do you mean consumer debt or government debt and you said consumer debt. this may be the big problem that needs to be solved. it also may be a problem that we can start taking into our own hands between government doesn't help us solve it. we'll talk about that when we come back. this is truly a nation of haves and have knots. and we'll look at the growing debt divide. how much debt is good for you and the economy? is debt the great in-equalizer in this country? and of course later on, i know you want to talk about facebook. it prepares to go public. we'll tell you what you need to know and if you can and should buy stock in facebook. so, by combining your auto and renters insurance, we can save you $600. $600? wow, you're like a magician or so
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May 13, 2012 10:00am PDT
shared by many in the united states as well. let's get started. >>> it's been a big week in europe, and i have some distinguished experts to make sense of it all. peter mandleson is in london. he has not only held top cabinet positions under the labor governments of tony blair and gordon brown. he has also served as a member of the european commission. joseph joffrey joins us from hamburg. he is the editor of "the german weekly." elaine also joins us. she happens to be in new york, but she is the paris correspondent for the "new york times", a beat she has covered for more than a decade. and david frum rounds things out from d.c. he is a regular on the show and a former speechwriter for george w. bush. welcome all. elaine, let me start with you. you know francois hollande. you have interviewed him. is he a radical? is he a moderate? how does he strike you? >> francois hollande is mr. normal. he got elected president of france because he promised to be a normal candidate and a normal president. when i was traveling with him in 2007, he was so normal that not -- neither the conductor
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May 7, 2012 3:00pm PDT
information on the breaking news story, the united states with the help of allies foils a terrorist plot to bomb an air liner and an in-depth look at the key issues in the 2012 presidential election and president obama's report card on i am gags. plus, exactly six months from now, a new polling shows an incredibly tight race and the romney and obama campaign confront a pair of tough questions. >> we start with dramatic breaking use. new information coming in by the minute on a new terror plot foiled by the united states and its allies. it is said to involve putting a suicide bomber aboard an air liner. it was foiled and the u.s. recovered and is now studying the explosive device. let's bring in fran townsend who was president bush's homeland security advisor and also with us tom fuentes. fran, i want to go to you first. from your sources with he are hearing that this was an upgrade if you will. do you remember the underwear bomber, that this was a way to upgrade the technology into an ie d and explosive device. what do you know? >> just speaking to a senior administration official t
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May 13, 2012 7:00am PDT
global public square." welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakaria. we'll begin today's show in europe. voters in france and greece made their anti-austerity feelings known last weekend and stock markets plunged. we'll have a panel on the big picture and what it means for politics in the west. then robert zellik will step down as head of the world bank. his exit interview here on gps. next we go to israel which has anoinlted a king. what in the world does it mean? and, finally, the curious case of the guy who has come to be known as american french fry brother. a cultural lost in translation all the way from china. you won't want to miss it. first, here's my take. everyone is looking at europe these days as economic and political protests mount across the continent. the downward spiral in europe has produced a great debate over the virtues of austerity. the idea that government with large budget deficits must reduce these deficits mainly by cutting spending. if they don't get their spending in order, they won't be able to borrow money and wil
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May 30, 2012 8:00pm PDT
cash. well, now many are just hoping the euro survives including all of us here in the united states. peter kenny is managing director of knight capital. peter this is sort of the wake-up call. i mean we've known now for a year. the last month the market was this bad was september and that was because of what was going on in europe. but how bad is this going to get? >> it could get a lot worse. the euro today traded at 123, just shy of 124 versus the dollar and that's the lowest it's been. that's a two-year low. the trend is clearly lower. there doesn't seem to be any near-term support for the currency and it is all about the risk off trade. which is why gold caught a bit, the dollar seems to have caught a bit. >> shawn, how much worse could this get? for americans saying this is an awful feeling where you have no control, it could get a lot worse and go on a lot longer and you see your own 401(k) getting decimated. >> that's true. i think there will be a greek exit from the euro very, very quickly. because of the run on the bank situation. it's going to cause a credit crunch because none o
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May 3, 2012 8:00am PDT
. anwar al awlaki, the yemeni cleric accused on some of the attacks of the united states. talks about al awlaki to take over leadership there. bin laden says i hear what you are saying, but where i come from, we like to see people tested on the battle field first. he hadn't been to the battle field. you can see the jealousies emerging. >> you talk about paranoia. it is fascinating when you read through the documents. did you find anything in there that showed that bin laden knew al qaeda was getting weaker and the u.s. was stronger? he always came off in the recordings and statements like he was unbeatable. it looks like he realized he could be beat. >> reporter: this absolutely emerges. one of the things you think about al qaeda and they seem to be able to do what they want to be able to do. bin laden is a son of a billionaire. saudi businessman billionaire. we see him directing one of the operatives to travel from pakistan and afghanistan region halfway around the world to try to raise $200,000. that is something we weren't aware of. this sort of idea that the united states not only
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May 24, 2012 1:00pm PDT
washington. >> a castro comes to the united states and reportedly comes out in favor of president obama's re-election. that and a lot more coming up in our "strategy session." ♪ [ slap! slap! ] [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium rich tums goes to work in seconds. nothing works faster. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums home protector plus, from liberty mutual insurance, where the costs to both repair your home and replace your possessions are covered. and we don't just cut a check for the depreciated value -- we can actually replace your stuff with an exact or near match. plus, if your home is unfit to live in after an incident, we pay for you to stay somewhere else while it's being repaired. home protector plus, from liberty mutual insurance. because you never know what lies around the corner. to get a free quote, call... visit a local office, or go to libertymutual.com today. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? >>> republicans are blasting president obama as a big spender, but does he really have the lowest,
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May 15, 2012 1:00pm PDT
debbie wasserman shut who is standing by live. a facebook co-founder unfriends the united states of america on giving us his u.s. citizenship could save him hundreds of millions of taxes when the company goes public. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> democrats have been betting on a big gender gap to give president obama an edge in the november election, they've accused republicans of a war on women and president obama has been going all out to kort female voters, but suddenly a new poll suggests it's mitt romney who may have an edge among women. let's go to brianna keilar. should the president be worried that he's potentially losing his critically important edge with women? >> reporter: wolf, it may be too soon to tell. these poll numbers may not tell the entire story. if we take a look at the poll by cbs news and new york times it does show romney 2 percentage points ahead. one reason to look at this very carefully is because other poll, albeit less recent polls show the president with a major advantage over governor romney
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May 2, 2012 1:00am PDT
between china and the united states of how to resolve this so it did not flare up during the critical meetings that secretary clinton would be having in beijing. now we learned that chen has left the embassy voluntarily, is getting medical treatment here in beijing, and has been reunited with his family. andrew? >> stan, does the mere fact that xinhua is publicly reporting this, telling the chinese people what's been happening, does that suggest that chen himself could be out of danger from any sort of backlash from chinese authorities on his escape from the house arrest and that decision to go to the u.s. embassy? >> reporter: we're getting into areas of conjecture here, but you can read something from this statement. while there's been an information blackout on the chinese side, it hasn't been carried on state media, social media has been blocked. search terms connected with chen guangcheng have been blocked on the internet. while that's been happening, we've been reporting it freely on international media. as you're aware, often when we report things the chinese don't want getting
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May 5, 2012 7:00pm PDT
to motivate refugees to succeed in the united states. programs. they come from all over africa, asia and the middle east. the families have endured the same struggles. when they realize that, they become like brothers and sisters. soccer gives confidence, it makes them feel like they belong and it's just fun. we use soccer as a hook and we have them in our education program. we try to get them on to college. >> we're helping to find friends and teach me how to speak english. now it's a fun life. >> the families sacrifice everything for their kids to have a better life. if we can do anything to help them, it's my honor. >> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. thank you for joining us. let me update you. arraignment today for five of the men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks, including khalid sheikh muhammad. >>> race to the white house. president obama held his first two official campaign rallies today in ohio and another in virginia. >>> two must-win battleground states for obama and mitt romney. the president highlighted his accomplishments but cold crowds in both states that th
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May 6, 2012 4:00pm PDT
the united states. this economic crisis in the western world is hitting everyone very hard. there is another component to this election that is interesting and slightly different from the u.s. nicolas sarkozy started to irritate people, even on the right. they found him flashy and vulgar. people who voted for him in 2007 and committed right-wing voters said you know what, this time around just because i personally dislike the man i voted for his opponent. that was interesting this time around. >> we are all connected. the world is getting smaller and smaller. thank you hala. >>> saw terraity cuts changing the landscape of greece. voters are voting out the centrists who pushed the measures. the country accepted bailout money in exchange for spending cuts. but they are so unpopular that voters flocked to the far left and right today. >>> it is what political junkies are talking about. gay marriage and the vice president's comments today. did you hear them? did he go too far and speak for the president when maybe he shouldn't have. homicide of young people in america has an impact on
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May 17, 2012 1:00pm PDT
on their new gains. if you're in the state of california or any state in the united states $2 billion out of nothing is a big windfall. >> $2 billion is huge, and i'm sure the state treasury could ask that money. just ask the governor jerry brown. they'll come out with a price and tomorrow when the stock starts trading on the nasdaq people will see it go up or go down, there's no guarantee in this business at all that it will continue to go up. >> the price today will be what the institutional investors will buy it for. it could start trading at any time. generally speak it's around 9:30. sometimes they come out at 10:30 and 10:40 and sometimes it takes a few minutes to start trading and that's when you can put a trade in through e.trade or schwab or ameritrade account and you will pay what the market offers. you will pay up to $40 and the stock's trading at $50 you're not going to get it. you'll pay whatever it is and you're buying stock from people who bought it at the ipo price or back in the old days when they were venture capitals and they got stock in exchange. these are people
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May 18, 2012 4:00am PDT
horribly wrong. eduardo saverin wants to defriend the united states of america, just to avoid paying taxes, and we aren't going to let him get away with it. >> democratic senator bob casey of pennsylvania is one of two senators who introduced the ex-patriot act. senator, good morning. >> good morning. >> i know we're talking a lot about eduardo saverin in particular but if there was one catalyst for you all to draft this legislation, this ex-patriot act, what was it? >> well, certainly, this is the most egregious example that we know of, but there are more than 1,700 other people who have done the same thing, and the basic thrust of this legislation says that if you expatriate yourself, in other words leave the country, renounce your citizenship, the legislation would provide a 30% tax on the gains that would you get, any kind of future investment gains if, and this is the key thing, if the irs were to determine that the reason you left was for a substantial tax purpose. if they make that finding, and it has to be an objective finding, then the tax would apply. >> you can never return to u
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May 2, 2012 12:00pm PDT
different story to the one we were hearing earlier from the united states. the u.s. was insisting that he was happy to leave. the u.s. was insisting that this was a deal that they would monitor and he would have a safe future in this country. he's now disputing that, saying the u.s. in fact let him down, he was encouraged to leave without all the information and now he wants to get out of china. >> you can be more specific, when you say that he says that the u.s. let him down, let him down how? >> reporter: he says he was not given all the information about what was happening on the outside. remember, since he fled, people who have assisted him, some of his supporters, when they've spoken to the media, including cnn, they've been rounded up and arrested. some of them are still under house detention right now. others have been detained and questioned. there have been threats made against his family. he says that his wife as we mentioned was tied up and interrogated, that the message from the local com uhe list officials in his province that they were waiting for them there with weapons.
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May 13, 2012 3:00am PDT
, greece, michael, professor of economics at the -- why is greece so important to united states economy? >> it's not just -- the problem for the united states is the euro zone picture, and the euro zone is an important financial partner. this is important for the u.s. >> greece has had a ripple effect, and now we're seeing the protest marches in spain. are these all connected? >> well, they are connected in the sense that spain face the similar problems. so they are important in the sense that greece is pretty special for what they can salvage. >> could the greek failures have an impact possibly even on the presidential election here in the u.s.? >> well, it may because developments in greece may create a situation that will affect the performance of the united states economy, and that, of course, may have an impact on the election, and the main challenge that would happen is that a greek debt default -- which would create a new possibly lower credit crunch, and the main risk for the united states economy is that we may have a new financial crisis. this time coming from the european are
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May 28, 2012 8:00pm PDT
apologize for america abroad. there's no reason to apologize for the united states of america, and i will not do so if i'm president. >> errol? >> amazing, amazing. look, it's the name of his book, "no apology." he's made it a centerpiece of his campaign and it just didn't happen. politifact gave mitt romney a pants on fire rating because the reality is the president went to cairo and made major speeches, he went to the united nations, he spoke at the cia headquarters. he said over and over again the same things over and over again, which is based on shared values, common interests and mutual respect, he wants to inaugurate a new relationship between america and the world. it was something he campaigned on. it was something he promised. it's something he's begun to deliver on. never does he say i'm sorry. i'm sorry for what the united states has done. what he has said is that there's going to be a new policy. there's going to be a new approach. that he wants to have a new diplomatic relationship. he uses the words of diplomacy. >> do you think these stereotypes are rooted in a hangov
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May 30, 2012 7:00pm PDT
, because there is enormous hostility to the idea of the united states unilaterally getting involved in another muslim country, particularly if there is some kind of military or covert angle to this. >> part of the pressure has to be -- part of the strategy has to be putting pressure on russia, and the deputy national security adviser said this. we don't believe it's in russia's interest to be associated with the assad regime. what was he trying to say? what did he mean? >> i think they are hoping the obama administration is hoping the russians will see the assad regime is doomed, that it makes sense for them to begin repositioning themselves where they oppose the assad regime. there is no question russia will not cooperate in this venture. all russia will do is dragged along kicking and screaming, if it believes this transition will happen anyway. so the hope here is to create a kind of dynamic in which the russians realize all right, since this is going to happen, in a year or so, or maybe sooner, we might as well stop being the principle obstacle to a post-assad syria. >> bob, do you
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May 8, 2012 8:00am PDT
cartridges on airliners bound for the united states. this by all accounts appears to be another attempt in that direction with a much more sophisticated detonation technology. we don't know a lot about that. but this is their latest effort by al qaeda to get past u.s. and international security screening and get a device on an airliner bound for the u.s. it is the hallmark of one particular one. he's working with al qaeda in yemen. he's done this technology before. he's in the cross hairs of the united states. kyra? >> we're going to talk more about him with nick in a second. but barbara, it took two weeks for this story to get out. a number of reasons we would probably assume why that happened. what are your sources telling you? >> well, you know, actually it was congressman mike rogers, chairman of the house intelligence committee who this morning in washington did raise the prospect of how did all this information leak out. we must give credit to the associated press, which broke the story originally, but the question is, you know, if it was two weeks ago, was it tied to the
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May 6, 2012 2:00pm PDT
that could take many months, the united states is committed to accountability under law for those who have plotted to attack our nation and to kill innocent people. >> the next hearing is scheduled for june 12th. >>> overseas now. french voters are shaking things up in a very big way. they elect a new president today. socialist francois hollande has beaten president nicolas sarkozy in a razor-close race. cnn's holly is live at hollande's headquarters in paris. what were the influences in the election? >> reporter: well, basically the economy, the eurozone debt crisis. nicolas sarkozy is just one of about a dozen european leaders who's been driven from office because of this debt crisis, because of persistently high unemployment in the region. it's a new chapter for france. francois hollande is now the new president. he's a socialist. it's the first time in about a generation that this country has had a socialist president. men maerns are not familiar with francois hollande. he's never head a very high position. he's been an elected official from a small region in france. although he's
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